Welcome! This is a blog about the Adirondack guideboat. It includes whatever strikes that author’s fancy. For example, you might follow his progress building such an iconic craft, or go along on a 90 mile guideboat race, or learn about some particularly interesting person or happening involving these magnificent wooden boats. Enjoy.
The Adirondack Guideboat-the Buttercup Steam Boat
Last time we talked about the vast changes that the age of steam brought to the Adirondacks. The railroads broughtRead more.
The Adirondack guideboat-guideboats and Steamers
Whenever I view old photos of steamboats in the Adirondacks I almost always see guideboats in the photo. Why isRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Paddles and Changes at the Museum
This summer the Adirondack Museum celebrates its 60th year of being a vast reservoir of Adirondack history. Many have toldRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Tacks….again
Two years ago I promised not to mention tacks again. But then I had second thoughts. The following proverb broughtRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Hanging the Garboard Plank
The nascent hull is just about ready to begin planking. Hanging planks on a traditionally built guideboat is the mostRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Brian’s Boat
The reason I decided to write my book “Tale of an Historic Adirondack Guideboat and How to Build One” wasRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-Attaching the ribs and Stems
In the last post we prepared the bottom board to receive the ribs and stems. The board was beveled soRead more.
Building an Adirondack Guideboat-The bottom board
This is the first time I have built a guideboat where I have had long enough stock so that I canRead more.
The Adirondack Guideboat-90 Miler Guideboat Race-Brown’s Tract
Passage through Brown’s Tract occurs during the first day of the 90 Miler. I’m told it is a nightmare for thoseRead more.
The Adirondack Guideboat in wind
All boat designs are a result of trade offs. The primary drivers for the Adirondack guideboat were that it hadRead more.